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Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 132906, tabled on 30 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how the 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy, updated on 7 December 2020 will help ensure that the UK is well placed to play a leading role in developing and establishing novel and new solutions, such as within systems integration and to build and lead an international coalition to tackle some of the key barriers to diversification.

Answered on

11 January 2021

We recognise that whilst diversification is a significant challenge it also represents an even greater opportunity that we are determined to seize - for growth, productivity and in order to secure our position as a global leader in science and technology.

We will explore opportunities to establish UK capability and skills. This will include supporting UK suppliers, investing in R&D initiatives across the supply chain, and championing the exciting research underway across UK universities and regional advanced technology hubs. This work will link closely with the Government’s broader growth and productivity agenda and building on DCMS’ £200m 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme.